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Published by the Canada Tibet Committee

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

6. Tibetans Speak Softly But Hope China Hears (IPS)

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They hand out leaflets, hold candlelight vigils,
circulate petitions and march silently through the
night. Dignified and organized, the Tibetans have come
to the WSF to urge th international community to
"make Tibet a zone of peace".

Whether the main intended audience , China, will hear
their message is debatable, but many here have
responded by signing petitions and joining the
maroon-robed monks in their demonstrations.

"It has been encouraging for us that many people have
come to our stall to express their support, not only
through signatories but also through words," says
Norzin Dolma, a spokesperson for the Tibetan
delegation, which includes 30 monks and nuns, all of
whom live in exile.

"We want to show people that the Tibetan issue is
still alive," she added. "We are concerned at the
worsening h u m a n r i g h t s situation in Tibet and
we a r e appealing to the Chinese to improve t h i s

The Tibetan delegates are also calling for the
release of political prisoners, including the 11th
Panchen Lama, Gendhun Choekyi Nyima, who they say was
kidnapped and imprisoned by China in May 1995, at the
age of 6. He has not been seen since, despite repeated
attempts by human rights organizations to check on his

The delegation also wants China to free Phuntsok
Nyidron, whom they describe as "Tibet's longest known
serving female prisoner of conscience". A Buddhist nun
from central Tibet, she was first arrested in 1989 at
the age of 20 and sentenced to nine years in jail for
"leading a peaceful resistance against the Chinese
communist rule in Tibet," according to demonstrators,
who say she was brutally tortured after her arrest.

Her sentence was increased by eight years in 1993,
they say, when "she and 13 other prisoners sang and
secretly recorded freedom songs which were then
smuggled out of prison". Nyidron was awarded the
Reebok International Human Rights Award in 1995. The
Tibetan delegation say her case is an example of the
abuses of female prisoners in Chinese-run jails in

Articles in this Issue:
  1. French Tibet expert to boycott Chinese president's parliament speech (AFP)
  2. Tibetans seek to broaden support base at anti-globalisation forum (AFP)
  3. Tibetans protest exclusion at lawmakers session of anti-globalisation forum (AFP)
  4. Tibet Signature Campaign Draws Many at WSF (TN)
  5. "Tibet is Peace is Tibet"
  6. Tibetans Speak Softly But Hope China Hears (IPS)
  7. “Shaping the Future of Tibet” A conference on Self-Determination & Individual Activism

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